Ali Al-Jallawi was born in Bahrain in 1975. He lives in Berlin today.
Lyrikline Blog (LB): Where do you come from and why did you leave your country of origin?
Ali Al-Jallawi (AA): I’m from Bahrain, and I left my country back in 2011, when I felt unsecure. When the Bahraini regime announced the emergency law in the state, the Saudi and the Emirati troops invaded the streets of Bahrain, they were responsible of suppressing the protests, arresting protesters and killing people on the streets, I broke away from home to live a life.
LB:In your view, is it the task of a poet also to be a chronicler or witness of his/her time?
AA: The poet is a mirror which reflects what is around him, reflects what he feels, what affected him, and what aspires him. He might be a witness, but without having the obligation of being one.
LB: What impact on society or politics can a poem have? Do oppressive regimes have to fear poetry?
AA: The tyrannies are terrified of everything that is beautiful, anything that provokes freedom, or incites erosion of their area of influence. The real poem consciously or unconsciously exposes and uncovers these systems, with a direct or indirect language. The dictator loves poetry (more…)